Plant Summer Vegetables for Fall

Even as summer vegetables planted in the spring are coming into full production, it’s a good time to think about prolonging your harvest long into fall. Where the growing season is long enough (at least 200 days), many summer vegetables can still be planted.

From seed, you may plant bush beans, corn, cucumbers, pumpkins, squash and even melons. From transplants, try eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. If you’re worried your growing season is not quite long enough, plant early-maturing varieties.

To be successful planting vegetables in midsummer, pay special attention to watering. In hot weather, newly planted seeds and seedlings may need to be watered more than once a day. Make sure plants are heavily mulched. When planting nursery transplants, push a wooden shingle into the ground on the west side of the plant so it’s shaded during the hottest part of the day. Protect from insects – they can devastate young vegetables in midsummer.